Stavanger is Norway’s fourth-largest city, with a wealth of cultural sights and tourist attractions. But its main draw is as a gateway to beautiful Lysefjorden, which offers great hikes and jaw-dropping views.
The fjord is named for the light color of the granite rock faces that face the fjord. Two points along the fjord are the most popular to visit. The first is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. This is a cliff that looms 604 meters above the water. There’s no road to the top, so you face a two-hour hike to reach it. But once there, you can enjoy great views of ferries on the fjord’s still waters.
The cliff is a favorite site for BASE jumpers, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see one launching off. However, you’re more likely to see BASE jumpers at the much taller Kjerag. This 1,110-meter-tall mountain h-as attracted tens of thousands of such daredevils. But you don’t have to like jumping off cliffs to love the scenery on the way up. It’s a longer hike than for Preikestolen — up to three hours to the top, depending on your level of fitness — but there are chains to help you through the steeper sections. Reaching the top and seeing the clouds laid out beneath you is a special moment. But Kjerag has one more treat for you: Kjeragbolten.
This is an egg-shaped boulder about 2 meters wide that is wedged in a tight crevasse in Kjerag. There’s usually a line of people waiting to step onto it for a picture — and if you dare, it’s the perfect shot. In case you’re wondering: No one has ever fallen to their death posing for a picture atop Kjeragbolten — at least, not yet. (T)